Paperback 189: Signet D1628 (1st ptg, 1959)
Title: The Sound and the Fury
Author: William Faulkner
Cover artist: photo
Best things about this cover:
- Best thing? Hmmm. I can't decide. It's either the sound or the fury.
- I see the "Fury" (Yul Brenner tries to strangle Joanne Woodward) - the "Sound"? I guess it's the sound of me gasping at the sight of Yul Brenner with hair.
- This blue tint is so dark that it renders the picture almost irrelevant. I love the hand-drawn fon on the title. Makes the book look like an adaptation of a wacky Disney movie.
Best things about this back cover:
- "DECAY" - Why would I read any farther after that? That is perhaps the best single-word tagline I've ever seen on a book. And the bright, whimsical font! Inspired.
- By the picture, I would surmise that this is the story of an aging pirate with a bad hairpiece and massive pit stains who wants nothing more than for Maria from "Sound of Music" to admire his chest hair.
"Oh, forget your damned clothes. Does your eye hurt?"
I can't believe I just Page 123'd William Faulkner. John Faulkner, sure, but William? The indignity!